Hobby Lobby says new Regency Lakes store to open mid-fall
By: John Stearns
The Oklahoma City-based company already operates two locations in Wichita, 665 N. Ridge Road and 2120 N. Woodlawn. The latter will close when the new store opens. The Woodlawn store’s employees will be relocated to the new store, company spokesman Vince Parker told me in an email.
The new 55,000-square-foot store — located between Cabela’s, which opened March 12, and World Market at the shopping center along Greenwich Road between 21st Street and K-96 — will open mid-fall, Parker said.
The company is not releasing development cost for the new building, Parker said.
He says Hobby Lobby is a strong addition to the lineup of retailers at Regency Lakes, which is a Laham Development property.
“I just think that’s going to help the other businesses in the area increase traffic to the shopping center,” Saville says.
Hobby Lobby’s website says the company has 525 stores across the nation offering more than 65,000 crafting and home decor products.
Hobby Lobby’s addition gives Regency Lakes about 400,000 square feet of retail space. Pad sites for smaller restaurants and stores include about 10,000 to 15,000 square feet at the corner of 21st and Greenwich and three more sites of about 4,000 to 10,000 square feet each.
Activity continues across Greenwich Road, as well, with a 9,800-square-foot spec retail building under construction along 21st, next to Community Bank of Wichita, and a 97-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites going up just north of that.
North of K-96 at Greenwich, a destination sports complex and retail development also is planned.